Businesses Expand During Sheffield Business Week

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<p><strong>Sheffield, England &mdash; Oct. 16</strong><br />As part of this year&rsquo;s Sheffield Business Week, Learning Light (LL), a nonprofit center of excellence in the use of learning technologies in the workplace, ran a seminar on human capital management, as well as a virtual enterprise network (VEN) seminar.<br /><br />The human capital management (HCM) seminar was led by Jon Ingham, LL research associate.</p><p>The seminar explored how HCM is qualitatively different from human resource management (HRM) as it exists in most organizations today.<br /><br />Ingham advocates a strategic process for both the management and measurement of human capital and the HCM processes that underpin this.</p><p>&ldquo;HCM focuses on maximising the capability and engagement of all the people working for an organization,” he said. “HCM does this through best fit with a particular organization &mdash; its mission, vision, values and external environment &mdash; rather than on implementing a set of standard best practices as in HRM.<br /><br />&ldquo;This creates valuable intangible capability, human capital, which increasingly provides the key to unlocking great business performance.&rdquo;<br /><br />The VEN seminar, which was held at Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, was led by LL&rsquo;s Wendy Weller-Davies and Andrew Faughy from the VEN Group.<br /><br />The event enabled delegates from companies operating in the learning technologies, computer gaming and creative content production markets to learn how this new form of collaboration works. </p><p>Moreover, the seminar showed delegates how they can become part of the LL-led VEN Digital Network or work with the VEN group to break into new markets.<br /><br />”Earlier this year, LL became the lead company in VEN Group&rsquo;s Digital Network, which connects large procurers with small and medium-sized enterprises,” Weller-Davies said. “Consequently, we are helping companies operating in learning technologies, computer gaming and creative content production markets to sell into one of the strongest cross-sector networks in the U.K.&rdquo;<br /><br />VEN International, the organization behind the concept of the VEN Digital Network, promotes business contract networks using a single collaborative commercial, legal, cost and IT system.<br /><br />&ldquo;LL supplies learning services and specialist consultancy services to VEN International,&rdquo; LL CEO Mark Pittaway said. &ldquo;In addition, VEN International promotes LL&rsquo;s learning technologies and e-learning solutions to its customers.<br /><br />&ldquo;This means that LL is well-placed to support other VEN networks &mdash; including aerospace, power and health &mdash; with learning services and consultancy. This is bringing additional work opportunities for both LL and its associates, especially businesses in South Yorkshire.&rdquo;</p>

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